• Kristen Garaffo

Cozy Fall Morning Rituals + Homemade Pumpkin Coffee Creamer

Quiet mornings have always been my favorite. My morning rituals shift and change depending on the season, whether it’s my own season of life, or the season reflected on the calendar. At one time I thought our morning routines had to be the same all the time (isn’t discipline and consistency part of it?) but my mind was blown when I was taught that no, it doesn’t have to be the same every day and that you’re allowed to do whatever feels grounding and nurturing in the moment. Of course!


Summer mornings feel vastly different to me than Fall mornings - so it makes sense for our routines to shift.


Now is the time to get a little more cozy, to reach for your robe and slippers and to enjoy what the season has to offer first thing.





Here are a few ideas to create your own cozy, Fall morning ritual!


Tidy Your Space the Night Before:

I always try and make this effort, so I don’t wake up to a mess! I never feel great when I wake up and feel like I need to tidy up a little.


Embrace Cozy!

Find a comfy chair to sit in, and wrap yourself in a blanket or robe. Put on your slippers or your fluffiest socks. Take time to be mindful and enjoy this first part of your day. And then...


Embrace Quiet

Don’t reach for your phone. Take just a few minutes to be still and quiet. This can look like many different things - maybe it’s meditation, journaling, practicing gratitude, or maybe it’s simply just sitting. I like going over my day first thing, and I just enjoy the quiet. I always get my best ideas in the morning!


Embrace the Senses

Fall scents and smells are my favorite! There are so many ways to indulge in Fall tastes and smells - light a candle or turn on your diffuser, treat yourself to a cider doughnut or a pumpkin pancake. If it’s not too cold, I like sitting on my balcony. The cool air feels so good to breath in, and getting some sunlight is good for you too!


And of course, my favorite everyday morning ritual is my coffee.

I usually drink my coffee with a splash of almond milk, but as the weather gets colder it feels indulgent to steam my milk and sprinkle some cinnamon or pumpkin spice on top. My keurig has a milk frother, and you can also buy them separately! I’ve heard so many good things about this one, or if you’re on a budget, you can always heat up your milk on the stove and froth it with this!


I’m not usually one for flavored coffee creamer, but the season calls for an occasional Pumpkin Spice Latte, and I’m so excited to share a recipe for homemade pumpkin spice creamer that you can make at home. I’ve adapted this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction - and Sally hasn’t ever steered me wrong. I’ve baked a handful of her recipes this year (anyone else go through the baking stage of quarantine life? lol!) and they’ve all been amazing. I’ve tweaked this recipe to make it dairy-free and sugar-free, but if you want the real deal, you can find her recipe here! I appreciate the real ingredients (actual pumpkin!) and because of that - this will last a week in the fridge! It also only takes about 15 minutes :)


Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Pumpkin Coffee Creamer



1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) Almond Milk

2 Tablespoons (30g) Pumpkin Puree

2 Tablespoons (30ml) Sugar-Free Maple Syrup

1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 teaspoon Cinammon


Over medium heat, whisk all ingredients together. Once combined, turn heat up to med-high and whisk occasionally until the milk comes to a boil. Take off heat and let cool for 5 minutes, and add to your coffee. Store in your fridge for a week!


I like this recipe because it's not overly sweet, but if you like your coffee a little more on the sweet side, feel free to sweeten as you would normally would! This would also be amazing with whipped cream on top - and you could always use half and half and regular maple syrup! I store mine in a glass jar.

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Cheers to cozy Fall morning rituals. See you next week :)




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